CIFA’s mission is to contribute towards the improvement in the quality of life of the communities in Marsabit County of northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia through support for the initiatives in livestock, environment, education, peace building and economic diversification.


To be effective and efficient service provider on livelihoods and disaster management in Northern Kenya and Southern Ethiopia.

In its efforts to support the pastoralist communities in Northern Kenya and Southern Ethiopia, CIFA formally secured regional status by registering as an NGO in Ethiopia in September 2005. To diversify its strategic niche and strengthen its advocacy role for the pastoralist, CIFA also registered as charity organization in the UK in the year 2007.
CIFA operations in Kenya are managed with head office, based in Marsabit County, and one field office in Moyale.

Community Initiative Facilitation and Assistance (CIFA) is a Kenyan international NGO that was formed in 1999 and registered in May 2000. This was after closure of FARM-Africa’s pastoralist development program (PDP), a twelve year project that worked with nomadic pastoralist. Its formation was based on building upon the achievements of FARM-Africa particularly in promoting opportunities for livelihoods improvement for the Nomadic and sedentary pastoralist.